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Carrie in PA
11-04-2006, 10:40 PM
Compact disks. How the heck do I refer to these pesky little things?

Jane flipped through the pile of cds, looking for Bon Jovi.

or

Jane flipped through the pile of CDs, looking for Bon Jovi.


The cd's cover was cool.

or

The CD's cover was cool.

Thanks!

veronie
11-05-2006, 12:25 AM
CD uppercase is fine, according to the Associated Press Stylebook.

Carrie in PA
11-05-2006, 12:27 AM
Thank you, thank you! :D

veronie
11-05-2006, 12:39 AM
No problem. The AP stylebook is primarily for newspapers, but it's a good default for general writing, too, me thinks. :)

Medievalist
11-05-2006, 01:12 AM
A dictionary (http://www.bartleby.com/61/16/C0521600.html) works too; CD stands for Compact Disk, a proper noun, abbreviated CD, and pluralized as CDs.

Freckles
11-06-2006, 03:55 AM
Sigh, I'm in love with the AP stylebook. It's the copy editor in me, I guess.

Maryn
11-11-2006, 05:33 PM
I'm pretty sure this is the standard for all things routinely and commonly known by their initials:

I bought CDs, including two AC/DCs, and DVDs of some of HBO's finest, but the clerk didn't like my ID's picture. Once the manager approved my check, I got back on the road, the GTO's sound system shaking the whole car.

Maryn, who should get a new AP Stylebook, since CDs and DVDs were not yet invented when she bought this one (but AC/DC was around)

veronie
11-12-2006, 02:15 AM
True, true. Nations are an exception, along with a few other exceptions.

The U.S. is a member of a large international body, aka the U.N.